Bacillus thuringiensis: Biology, Ecology and Safety
Edited by Glare, Travis R.; O'Callaghan, Maureen
John Wiley & Sons
Hardcover XVIII, 350 Pages ISBN 9780471496304
Provides a definitive source of information on the environmental, non-target and human
safety aspects of using the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (B.t.) as a biological control agent.
B.t. is used worldwide as an effective agent for controlling many species of insect pest, either
by crop spraying or genetic engineering of crop plants. Recently questions have been raised due
to health concerns over inhalation of the bacterial spores, and fears of gene-swapping. This
reference provides a well-balanced comprehensive discussion on the subject.
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From the contents
Natural Occurrence and Role in the Environment.
Production and Formulation.
Toxicity to Insects.
Effects on Non-target Microbes and Invertebrates.
Effects on Vertebrates.
Persistence and Activity in the Environment.
Insect and Environmental Factors Affecting Toxicity.
Transmission and Dispersal.
Effects in Combination with Other Insecticidal Agents.
Transgenic Use of Bt Toxin Genes.
Conclusions: Safety and Risks.
: biological control
: crop protection
: environmental impact
: genetically modified organisms
: risk assessment